This month’s FBFF is about the technology tools we use as bloggers. Now you’ll get to see exactly how much time I spend on a computer…
1. What are the tools you use to blog?
Wordpress (of course) is my main tool, and it makes blogging really simple. Knowing just a bit of HTML really helps when creating the layout, along with having resources like graphic-design sites and tutorials, color-scheme generators, and backgrounds (thanks, Jessica!).
Other online tools that I use for research and promotion are other fashion blogs and my Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Goodreads helps me with Top Ten Tuesday and other book-related posts. I have a tumblr but I’m afraid to use it because every time I do, two hours disappear without me noticing.
As for physical tools, I rely solely on my laptop. My phone has Internet capability, but I don’t like posting or responding to comments on it, either because WordPress doesn’t work well on it or I can’t figure out how to make it work.
2. What technology item is on your wish-list?
Honestly, nothing. My laptop is purring along, I have two wonderful cameras, a functional Ipod, and a smartphone. I’m covered. I’m beyond covered. The only thing I kinda-sorta might be tempted to get – and it causes me physical pain to admit it – is a Kindle, since it would really be useful for travel.
3. Through the barrage of posts, tweets, pics, poses, messages, etc…how do you avoid becoming a slave to the constant infiltration of information?
I don’t check every blog on my list every day, and I only check Twitter every other day or so. I have this blog set up to update Twitter whenever I post, which saves me from having to post myself and risking getting sucked into an hour of Twitter-lurking. I could probably generate more traffic if I spent more time on other blogs, but I prefer having a life…even if that life mostly involves reading.
As for the pics and poses, to be honest, I just don’t follow too many fashion blogs. I can usually tell very quickly if a blog is going to interest me or help me grow in terms of blog networking – if it does, it goes on my blogroll; if it doesn’t, I probably won’t go back. By limiting the pages and resources coming at me, I limit the likelihood of my head exploding from too much information. Plus I’m sure to develop my own style (sartorially and in my writing) rather than the style I feel like I “should” have as a style/self-image blogger.
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